Friday, March 13, 2015

Learning To Be Humble

For the last 10 days I have found myself in a place like never before. It's been so hard. I was told I couldn't drive until the doctor released me! Which is no sooner than April 7, maybe longer. Talk about angry. I was angry, mad, sad, and very teary eyed. It has been very humbling to walk this last week and half. Because of returning seizures I can't drive so I am Dependant on my husband, my daughter, and my wonderful friend Pat.  Doctor appointments, grocery store, church and anything else that comes along....

Anyone who knows me, knows I am the one who always goes and does for people in need. However now I am the one who needs people in her life to take control!

This has sent me in a spiraling down hill depression and I didn't even see it until yesterday, when my friend sat me down and told me. I was heart broken when she confronted me, some of words hurt, but then I knew she was right. She told me confront one problem at a time. "Take one piece of the pie and deal."

So today I took one piece and determined not to lay in bed all day. I choose not to take medicine to escape or sleep! The world is still spinning and every problem will still be here when I wake.

Today the fact is there are some hurdles to over come. Truth is it will take a few days, months, or maybe a year to get to the entire pie. BUT what I know is HIS GRACE is sufficient.

Did Jesus suffer? Was he sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was he misunderstood, maligned, and criticized unjustly? 

Of course! None of us are exempt from suffering, loneliness, discouragement, or unjust criticism, because God is developing within us the character of Christ, and, in order to do this, he must take us through all of the circumstances in life through which he took Christ. 

Does this mean God causes tragedies? No. God is good, and he will not cause evil or do evil. But God can use dark and stressful times for good. He'll use them to teach us to trust him, to show us how to help others, and to draw us closer to other believers. 

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:8b-9, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead” (NLT). 

So, what should you do when you’re going through difficult times? 

First, you refuse to be discouraged. Then, you remember God is with you. Finally, you rely on God’s protection and guidance. 

We all go through difficult times. The difference for those who believe in Jesus is not the absence of the shadow but the presence of the Light.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Are you Neutral?

I have never thought of myself as a neutral person. I pretty much always thought I say what I think and you pretty much know where I stand on things. Well that is until today! Our pastor preached a sermon called Bring the King Back! ? What I realized today is not really. I always say what I believe but do I live it out!? The answer is not really. Living in a neutral state gives the enemy room to work in my life even when I don't really intend to.

Lord help me to live in a constant state of YOU being first in everything! Lord help me not be consumed by circumstances but consumed in YOU and your never changing never moving grace! You are for me and I have to keep YOU first in all that concerns me and mine!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Today has been a great day so far. I am in a place I have never been. It is an amazing place. See a few days ago I was told I could not drive for a while. Due to seizure activity. I have to say I was mad, sad, angry, and down right feeling defeated. However, in the last couple of days I have seen God work in me and my family in a new way. :-)  Today I saw what God has in store for me as a wife and mother. I have a long way to go but I am at peace about where we are going.

I have a friend who is taking time to invest in my family. There is a scripture in the bible about the older women teaching the young. Today that scripture is taken to an entire different level for me. I am thankful for her and excited of where God is taking me! The balance He is teaching me thru her leadership and example!

Thank YOU father for still carrying for me and my family. Giving us your word, your people and your guidance to get us where we need to be.. Happy Day!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jesus is self-control

I wish I could say that I am revolted by temptation to sin. I wish I could say that I hate and fear and reject Satan’s tempting voice. I wish I could say that I always see the dangers of sinful rebellion and run in the other direction. But I can’t say any of those things, and I doubt if you can either.

I nurse grudges because I like the self-righteous superiority. I snap and bark irritable words, enjoying the adrenaline rush. I like lying because it is easier than admitting weakness and failure. I know hard work pays off in the long run, but laziness always pays off right now.

One of many reasons why I love and worship and need Jesus is that by living my life as a human being, he stepped in for me and showed the self-control and self-discipline I too often lack. He not only suffered for me. For over three decades in advance of Calvary he defeated the devil every day, refusing to reenact Adam and Eve’s and my rebellions. “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

“Just say no?” Impossible for me, but accomplished by Jesus. Are you as grateful as I am?

For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭15‬ ASV)

Lord Help me to see truth, speak truth and always love in truth. Seek out truth in friends and never waiver from truth again!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Are you looking for Joy?

Looking for joy

You know the old phrase that says, you get what you pay for. One Christian amended that to this: you get what you pray for. I’d like to add a third: you find what you’re looking for.

If you have a basically pessimistic outlook on life, if you expect to be disappointed by people, encounter moral and ethical failures, run into financial hardships, and suffer rejection, you will find all those things. If on the other hand you choose an optimistic worldview, if you believe that Christ has risen, that all things are possible in him, that every day you will meet awesome people, that God’s help and support will keep coming from a variety of angles, that there is a solution for every problem, then that’s what you will experience. 

Are you looking for joy? Do you believe that there still is goodness in the people God is sending into your life? “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7). That isn’t blind faith. It’s eyes-wide-open faith, because it’s not based on na├»ve and wishful thinking. It’s not a foolish projection of one’s own fantasy life. It’s based on God’s clear promise. Jesus’ resurrection made him a winner. Your faith in Jesus makes you a winner too.

Look for joy today and you will find it.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭1-7‬ NLT)
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